Articles in ‘Bars’

A bodega in Barcelona

January 23rd, 2014

Art in an old bodega bar in Barcelona’s Raval heroically resisting the enslaughts of design, ‘vintage’ and International Tourism.

Bodega Montse, L’Arc de Sant Agusti , 7

Beer tour in Barcelona

May 10th, 2013

I had a very enjoyable evening out last week as a punter with Crafty Beer Tours with guides-hosts Roy Cottle and Robin Barden (both in the photo). The tour takes you to two beer bars very much off the beaten tourist trail in Barcelona and is enlivened by their passionate, engaging and witty spiel on the new movement of Catalan and Spanish craft beers. Beer of course forms the connecting thread but the tour is really about local produce and alternative Barcelona with a healthy dose of contemporary politics thrown in. First stop was Cerveseria La Resistencia, interesting itself because Sergi the owner is a goldmine of family stories about the Civil War and anarchism in Barcelona where I had a gorgeous pint of Montseny, a local Catalan brew Second and last stop was a cozy boozer in Sants where we also had a bit to eat. The price is 35 euros and includes a pint at the first bar and at the second a sample of 6 different craft beers and some local cheeses and sausages, etc. Roy and Robin are both beer experts, but without a hint of those British real ale bores. Note: Roy is about to launch his own Barcelona brew (more on this when he does). Everybody in the group (me and seven Brits) had a great time. We threw dozens of questions at the guides who expertly managed them all. Highly recommended!

Bar La Llibertària

March 16th, 2012
A wonderful new bar called La Llibertària has just opened in El Raval, Barcelona. The walls are decorated in dozens of original posters, newspapers, drawings and photos from the anarchist history of Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War. It’s a veritable museum. Sergio, one of the cooperative members, is an ex? CNT member whose family history is steeped in anarchism which he’ll happily tell you about – ask him about the photo of his father taking over the factory in 1978.They serve good authentic tapas.
Highly recommended. Will now form part of at least one of my routes.
C/Tallers 48 in El Raval

La Piadina

February 16th, 2010

La Piadina serves excellent takeaway piadinas. They make a good change from pizzas and bocadiillos. Ugly is my favouirite.

Address: C de Santa Creu 3. Street is off Plz Virreina by the church.

Best rooftop bar-restaurant in Barcelona

March 26th, 2009

La Miranda Del Museo is my favourite rooftop bar-restaurant in Barcelona. It is located between Barceloneta and the Gothic Quarter in the Palau de Mar, the only building which still survives from Barcelona’s Old Port. The first three floors of the building are taken up by the Museu de Historia de Catalunya. Take the lift up to the fourth floor. Superb views of Barcelona harbour, Montjuic and Tibidabo.

Mediterranean cusine specialised in seafood. A reasonably-priced lunch menu is available during the week. Cafeteria service is also offered during museum hours. A great place to admire the city with a coffee.


  • Address: Plaza Pau Vila, 3
    4th Floor, Attic
    08039 Barcelona
  • Directions: Metro: L4 Barceloneta
  • Prices (restaurant): 31 to 40
  • Open: Tuesday-Saturday
  • Telephone: 93 225 5007

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